August 7th, 2008
12:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Congressman wants to bring up “Paris Hilton plan”

Rep. Michael Burgess things the 'Paris Hilton plan' for energy should be considered.
Rep. Michael Burgess things the 'Paris Hilton plan' for energy should be considered.

CAPITOL HILL (CNN) - The lines between celebrity and politician blurred into a haze Thursday at a Republican news conference, as one congressman began pushing Paris Hilton's “plan” on energy.

"Let's bring up the Paris Hilton plan," goaded Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Texas.

Burgess and his fellow Republicans are in day five energy speeches on the House floor, despite the fact that the chamber is closed for August recess. They're trying to pressure House Speaker Nancy Pelosi into holding a vote on offshore oil drilling.

As they plan for another week of House protest, those Republicans have found an unlikely ally and publicity magnet in Hilton. The model and actress launched a parody campaign commercial earlier this week, suggesting a hybrid of energy plans from presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain

"We can do limited offshore drilling, with strict environmental oversight," the heiress suggested in an animal print bathing suit, "while creating tax incentives to get Detroit making hybrid and electric cars."

"Even Paris Hilton had an energy plan that she's talking about," said Burgess, seizing a chance to make Democrats look lackluster on the issue.

The Texas congressman tried to put Hilton in the Republican camp, claiming her words mirrored current GOP legislation known as the "No More Excuses Energy Act". But, while that proposal does allow offshore drilling, a congressional summary shows it does not contain tax credits to encourage new automobile technology.

And that keeps Hilton, strangely, in the centrist chair on energy. A centrist, poolside lounge chair


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soundoff (257 Responses)
  1. Dandelion.

    Sometimes I really hate America.

    August 7, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  2. Arkansas Undertaker

    Like I said these people (Republicans) take pride in being ignorant!

    August 7, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  3. Shari, NY

    "Out of the mouth of babes" . Paris for VP of any of the two!

    August 7, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  4. Sue/PA

    you have got to be kidding....these republicans are just a tad bit "over the top" and not in a good way......grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

    August 7, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  5. Abby

    You evil bitter PUMAS could, you would blame Hillary’s debt on OBAMA…But you cant’ that one is your fault. You failed to support your candidate financially the way we he way we Obama supporters have. We put our time and money into it. Now go retire her debt! I am so tired of your negativity. Your progressive rhetoric has been a lie and you are all just bitter selfish people who care nothing about the human condition. Your feminist side has not stood up for Michelle Obama when she was disrespected as a ‘baby momma’ on fox nor has your pretend ‘civil rights’ side.

    August 7, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  6. Lisa

    No Obama's celebrity status is fading in the wind!

    August 7, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  7. Beverly, NYC

    These republicans are truly CLUELESS!!! If only thes worked this hard during their session something may have been accomplished.

    August 7, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  8. Franky

    I see how it is.....the President is doing his job and the GOP is trying to recruit Paris...go ahead, I guarantee you that's arguably the best plan you've ever thought of so far...

    August 7, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  9. Brent

    So congress, those "Elite" who come up with plans and laws, are taking notes from Paris Hilton....ah America.....

    August 7, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  10. M in MN

    And we wonder why our government is screwed up?

    Maybe if the politicians DID THEIR JOBS instead of this guy wasting the taxpayers money on a gimmick to get his name in the press, this country wouldn't be in the miserable shape it is currently in today.

    August 7, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  11. Mucho

    Are you serious? Have things gotten this bad that Paris Hilton has a plan that people are actually talking about...............and spending our tax dollars to have the conversation.

    August 7, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  12. CW4Barack

    I don't blame them....afterall the wrinkly old dude doesn't have a energy plan....he just goes with whatever is polling better for the moment!

    August 7, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  13. Vickie, Maryland

    This is just sick. So now we're taking "energy policy" from Paris Hilton? What an embarrasement, what a shame, to be American right at this very moment.

    August 7, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  14. What!!!

    It is the best plan I have heard yet!

    August 7, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  15. Not sleeping at the switch

    Just like a Republican...take ANYONES Advice but a Democrats. Funny thing is Obama has been saying the Same thing as Paris but they don't want people to know they are once again adopting Obamas Ideas but are too proud to admit it.

    August 7, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  16. winston in philly

    shame ,after so many year in power it take an entertainer to give them advice

    August 7, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  17. AeroEngineer

    We, as a country, should be ashamed.

    August 7, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  18. Former Democrat-Now Independent-Dusgusted with Obama

    who said blondes are dumb???

    August 7, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  19. Independent

    Isn't her plan is same as Obama's? I guess since now hot girl saying it, now RNC want to adopt it. Ultemately RNC follow Obamas footsteps. It's like Elephant will drink water but it will make the water dirty before drink it.

    August 7, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  20. a southern bell for OBAMA

    IT BEATS THE REPUBLICAN PLAN BY 3 TO 1.

    August 7, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  21. Matt

    Is this a joke? Jeeesus...!

    August 7, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  22. Joe Reg

    Get a grip!

    Working is so hot right now.

    August 7, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  23. Carmen Colorado

    Leave it to the republicans, they are ALL loosing it. Just look at McCain when he gives his speechs. Then we have Bush going to China and think he can dictate there also. What a bunch of loosers. As an American I am ashamed to have Bush represent America, and McCain try to represent America. I do remember that he was in the military but this is a joke.

    August 7, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  24. Elizabeth

    Jesus, are the Republican party so politically bankrupt they need Paris Hilton satire plan......which is basically Obama's Energy plan.

    The Republicans are truly desperate @ this stage.

    August 7, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  25. Ian

    This is probably the first time Republicans have rallied around a hot girl instead of a little boy.

    August 7, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
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